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Metaphors in Playback Theatre – Bringing it to the Right brain

“Everything is a metaphor for everything else” Gregory Bateson

When we tell stories we use symbols. All symbols are potential resources. They are usually just latent resource, waiting to become an overt resource (Lawley & Tompkins (2000). With this mindset, symbols and metaphors are a meaningful expression for both the teller and the audience. Metaphors have always been rich resources for Playback theater actors (Salas, 1999). Over the years, I have been observing the use of metaphors as an actor and conductor, which led me to define and refine the use of such wonderful reserves in a more conscious and precise form. This article will describe the definitions and applications of metaphors in Playback Theatre (PT).

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